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Community Outreach

It's not just something we do, it's who we are.

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The Fish Tales Fishing Club was founded in 1989 to promote the sport of fishing among families and individuals, young and old, of all abilities, with the purpose of improving the skill of anglers through an open exchange of ideas and methods. We don't just see ourselves as helping our communities, we're a part of these communities and they're a part of who we are, too.

We believe we have the best, most dedicated members of any fishing club out there and there's no better way to show it than in sharing how we've promoted fishing actively in our local communities. We consider it a privilege to reach out and get involved beyond our own club.

Below you'll find some examples of ways we've been proud to support many organisations. If you would like to join or club, or you're already a member, and you know of an organisation that would benefit from our members' help, let us know -- chances are you'll find other members who are just as dedicated as you are and keen to chip in and help out for a good cause. What's more, we have great fun in all the volunteer work we do, so it doesn't feel like "work" or "volunteering" at all.​

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Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation

"Fishing Club Nets Huge Catch of Toys and Gift Cards for Treasure Chest Foundation"
Fish Tales Fishing Club in Oak Forest netted hundreds of toys, $155 in gift cards and $675 recently to benefit the Treasure Chest Foundation. During the past thirteen years, the club hosted a Christmas party and asked members to bring a toy, gift or gift card for children fighting cancer. The coronavirus did not stop fishermen Fred Howes and Frank Knight as they asked the members to drop off toys and gifts at Frank Knight’s house every Saturday for eight consecutive weeks if they could not attend the Christmas Party. The catch was huge.


Fish Tales Fisherman Fred Howes said, “We collected more than we expected this year. Everyone is thrilled to help the Treasure Chest Foundation. Our club was very generous and we enjoy bringing smiles to the faces of kids fighting cancer.” Frank Knight chimed in by saying, “In spite of all we have been through, we always have room in our hearts for the recipients of these toys. That is who we are." “The Fish Tales Fishing Club members have been in our corner for thirteen years. Each passing year their toy and gift card drives are bigger and better,” said an appreciative Ms. Kisel. “The Fishing Club’s tremendous
support will brighten the lives of so many brave children and teens battling cancer.”

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South Suburban Special Recreation Association

The SSSRA's Mission Statement is to promote the power of choice and to enhance the quality of life of individuals of all abilities, by providing accessible recreation in an environment that promotes dignity, success, and fun.

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Lincolnway Special Recreation Association

LWSRA's mission is to provide recreation and leisure services for individuals with physical or intellectual disabilities while promoting greater disability awareness in the community. Its vision: A community without limits for individuals with disabilities.

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Illinois High School Association

The IHSA governs the equitable participation in interscholastic athletics and activities that enrich the educational experience. IHSA regulates the local high schools' Bass Fishing Teams at Oak Lawn High School and Reavis High School.